Charmed. That’s about the best word to describe the way you’ll feel when you stay at Mendocino’s Sea Rock Inn. Its location couldn’t be better: just outside the village and overlooking Agate Cove, with panoramas of the coast and quick access to the bluff-hugging hiking trails of Mendocino Headlands State Park.
Most of the cottages and suites here feature private patios, fireplaces, knotty pine detailing, and ocean views. Adirondack lawn chairs overlooking the sea invite you to sink in and watch the sunset with a glass of wine or two.
Go on a late afternoon stroll into town via Mendocino Headlands State Park where you’ll enjoy breathtaking vistas, spy the Point Cabrillo Light Station, and—if you’re lucky—catch a view of migrating gray whales. From Sea Rock Inn, it’s about a thirty-minute bluffside stroll into Mendocino village, threading the coastline with gaping sea stacks and edge-of-the-earth promontories as scenic distractions.
In town, choose from plenty of dining options. Our recommendation: Trillium. Sea Rock provides flashlights and a route map for walking back to the inn after dark. Or grab a cab! Good night, sea you in the morning!
Sea Rock Inn rates start at $225. To reach the Mendocino Headlands State Park, walk south from Sea Rock on Lansing St., turn right on Heeser Dr. No dogs at Sea Rock Bed & Breakfast, but Mendocino Headlands State Park is one of the few state parks to allow dogs.